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Effects of starvation and parasitism on foregut contraction in larval Manduca sexta

Cooper, Paul; Beckage, Nancy E.


Larvae of Manduca sexta are parasitised by the braconid wasp, Cotesia congregata. In this study we examined whether contraction activity of the semi-isolated foregut was affected by parasitism. Parasitised larvae fed significantly less compared with unparasitised control larvae, therefore starved unparasitised animals were used as controls. Rate and force of foregut contraction in control caterpillars significantly increased with days of starvation. However, only contraction force in foreguts...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Insect Physiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.08.016


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